Red Letter Day 38: Love One Another
2015 Lent Blog
Friday March 27
“My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Jesus spoke these words on Maundy Thursday. In fact these words from the Latin, a new command, is where we get the name Maundy, meaning command. We are about to enter Holy Week and a lot of the sayings of Jesus during that week are coming into my mind. Love is one thing that is hard to command. How can we do it? Jesus makes the benchmark his love. As I have loved you, we are asked to love one another. In fact the love of Jesus will do whatever it takes and bring the kind of love we need. This passage comes after Jesus had washed the disciple’s feet. When they needed an example of serving love, Jesus washed their feet. When they needed sacrificial love, Jesus went to the cross.
I remember reading about a teenage boy who heard his friend screaming in the barn. He ran to his friend and found a tractor had fallen on him. This friend somehow lifted a 3000 pound tractor enough for his friends to escape. I might call this miraculous love. He did the seemingly impossible to bring life for his friend. Jesus did that when raising Lazarus and in many other miracles and has that kind of love for us today.
In Christ’s Service,